Tennessee Playwrights Studio

Developing Fresh Voices for the 21st Century

Developing Fresh Voices for the 21st Century

Developing Fresh Voices for the 21st CenturyDeveloping Fresh Voices for the 21st Century

2020 FELLOWS AND ASSOCIATE

Christopher R.C. Bosen (Fellow)

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Chris is thankful for the opportunity to learn as an associate with TPS. As an actor, Christopher has worked at Nashville Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Studio Tenn, Nashville Children's Theatre, SistaStyle Productions, The Theatre Bug, Blackbird Theatre, Street Theatre Company, ACT 1, 4th Story Theatre, Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, and The Nashville Shakespeare Festival, among others. He directed four professional premieres by local playwrights for Playhouse Nashville, as well as PATHOGENESIS for the Ingram New Works Festival. As a writer, he co-created the award-winning short BEAUX & D'ARIA. He is a graduate of The Groundlings L.A. Writing Lab and also studied sketch writing with The Second City L.A. He is currently an Associate Artist with Nashville Story Garden's Greenhouse.

Brooke Bryant (Fellow)

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Brooke has worn many “hats” in this lifetime, including singer, voiceover artist, theater educator and registered nurse, but most of her professional years have been spent acting on Nashville stages with local companies including Nashville Children’s Theater, Theatre Craft, People’s Branch Theater, and Tennessee Repertory Theater (now Nashville Repertory Theater). Her original plays NIGHT WARRIOR and BOXES have been featured as staged readings at Tennessee Women’s Work Festival, and she is currently writing the script for a musical with legendary hit songwriter Roger Cook. Brooke shares a wonderful life with partner Kevin, daughter Abby, and their two adorable cats, Leo and Ollie.

Greg Morneau (Associate)

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Greg is a playwright, animator, painter, and software developer. He studied political science, writing, painting, and animation at Phillips Exeter Academy, Amherst College and Santa Monica College. He has shown his paintings in galleries in Nashville and his hometown of Manchester, NH, where for several years he also created the posters for the Mill City Festival. He has workshopped his plays at Nashville Story Garden’s Greenhouse Lab and Pipeline-Collective. Greg lives outside Nashville, where he’s working on an animated feature and a new play.

Caitlin Myers (Fellow)

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Caitlin is a playwright, freelance journalist, educator and community worker living in Knoxville.  Her work has appeared onstage courtesy of the Bard College Gravitas Festival, Tiger Lily Theatre, and Cattywampus Puppet Council, and has also been independently produced by herself and friends. Her reporting has appeared in print in Commune Magazine, Scalawag Magazine, 100 Days in Appalachia, Current Affairs, and Science for the People.  She is a recipient of the Kristi Havens Memorial Fellowship for a residency at the Sundress Academy of the Arts.  She writes about memory, identity, history, and wilderness, and believes that old stories are still worth telling. When not writing, Caitlin can be seen testing for contaminants local streams and rivers, supporting local workers on the picket line, and getting lost on mountain backroads.

Shawn Whitsell (Fellow)

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Shawn is a father, activist, poet and teaching artist. He is also an actor, playwright, director, producer and founder of the Destiny Theatre Experience. When he isn't in the theater, he visits schools, teaching poetry for Southern Word and drama for a number of arts institutions. He also serves as a volunteer for the School for Alternative Learning & Transformation (SALT) at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution. His one-man show 23/1 was recently named "Best Blend of Theater and Activism" by the Nashville Scene. Shawn is a 2020 Fellow of the Nashville New Leaders Council.